(Mark 6:7-13, 30-31)
In a confusing world, a chaotic life, a complicated day . . . sometimes a quiet time feels shoe-horned in or contrived. What is a quiet time even supposed to look like? Where’s the how-to?
Take a slow, deep breath and enter the scene . . .
Jesus calls His disciples together to share the plan. They are to make tracks to new towns, bunk with strangers, promote repentance, cast out demons, and heal the sick.
That sounds like a lot to get ready for, but before the disciples have a chance to even pull their suitcases from the top shelves of their hall closets, Jesus adds,
“Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. Keep it simple.”
Oh, well. Packing can be a headache anyway.
The disciples hit the road traveling light: no suitcases, camping equipment, snacks, or spare change. They hang out in new places with new people; preaching, exorcising, and healing in the name of Jesus. What an adventure.
At last they return to Jesus from their road trip, bursting with news.
They talk about everything . . .
who they saw,
what they did and said,
where they went,
how they were received.
Stories and questions fizz up from their hearts and effervesce out of their lips like shaken-up Pepsi’s . . .
You won’t believe this, Jesus! You should have been there!
What did it mean, Jesus? Why did it happen like that?
Dialogue ebbs and flows between Jesus and His beloved disciples – unrestrained, unrehearsed, unforced. Jesus beams with tenderness as they lean into their relationship with Him.
In the thick of their stories and questions, He invites them to come away into a quiet time of rest with Him – just Him – away from the chaos and commotion of life.
What if this is a quiet time model for us?
What if it begins with a conscious decision to step away from chaos and commotion and into relationship and rest?
What if it begins with talking with Jesus about everything we’ve seen and done, and everyone we’ve met throughout the day?
What if it’s about placing the details of our lives before Him and asking for insight, truth, and meaning?
In a confusing world, a chaotic life, a complicated day . . . when you’re shaken up and shaken down . . . lean in. Tell Jesus everything – not because He doesn’t know the details of your life, but because it opens a dialogue about who you’ve seen, what you’ve done, and where you’ve been.
In the thick of our stories and questions, He beckons us into a quiet time alone with Him – just Him – and breathes truth and insight and rest into our shaken-up Pepsi hearts,
“You are valuable and precious to Me, and I love hanging out with you.”
Now, that’s refreshing.
See you next week.